|Today, 12:03 AM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Shanghai, China
Training Exp: 3
Training Type: Complete Chaos!
Fav Exercise: squat
Fav Supp: milk
Should I use a lifting belt?
|Today, 12:10 AM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2013
Training Type: Fullbody
Fav Exercise: bench press
As far as I understand (but then, I'm not that strong yet...) it's fine to use a belt pretty much most of the time, or at least for working sets. You're still working the core when using a belt, so yeah, you might as well use it whenever you want to, really.
That's my take on it, fwiw. And hey, if I'd used it for the Pendlay rows today, I might not have tweaked my back! Okay, unlikely, but you never know...
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|Today, 12:31 AM||#3|
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ft. Hood, Tx
Training Exp: On and off for 17 years.
Training Type: ARGH!!!
Fav Exercise: Bosu kickback pistols
Fav Supp: Crack on a trisket
When someone tries to tell you that a lifting belt weakens the core, ask them when they're finally going to hit that huge 315 squat they've been working on. Such BS.
I don't work abs at the end of my squat days. The reason is that they are always sore and tired already from how hard I've been flexing them inside the belt. I use a belt when a lift gets a little tough. Usually when I get around 60% for squats or deadlifts I'll bring in the belt so that I can get used to it before things get heavy. The only reason I don't use it for every set is just the inconvenience of getting the belt on for a light warm up set.
Current PRs at 242, raw w/ wraps- 525, 355, 605, 1485
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